Marriage Rate Hits an All-Time Low

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Pew Research Center report released Wednesday shows 51 percent of all adults in the United States are now married — a record low. In 2010, a survey also conducted by Pew found that four in ten Americans thought marriage had become obsolete, but found that most people who had never married (61 percent) would like to do so someday.

Kathleen Gerson is a professor of sociology at New York UniversitySandy Banks is a Los Angeles Times columnist who has written about marriage, race, and being a single black woman in America.

Guests:

Sandy Banks and Kathleen Gerson

Produced by:

Shia Levitt

Comments [2]

AVID from westky

People not getting married is easily explained, it's all about money. A single woman with children has a likelihood that the children will qualify for Medicaid. If she was married, the likelihood would be that (1) the employer doesn't provide medical insurance and (2) marriage would disqualify the kids for Medicaid, and (3) you wouldn't be able to afford medical insurance on your own.
Ergo, if you want your children to have medical insurance, you are more likely not to get married. And that's what it's all about. Money and medical insurance.

Dec. 18 2011 08:28 AM
Mark Everett Sanders from Marietta GA

At 48 and never married, unfortunately, I haven't anyone comparable. Relationship are hard to develop and maintain when you are fortunate to get one.

Dec. 17 2011 08:45 AM

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